Wednesday, October 21, 2020 / 7:56 PM / By
Nigerian Bar Association / Header Image Credit: Nairametrics
The attention of the Nigerian Bar Association ("NBA") has been drawn to the dastardly shooting and killing of #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos State by some unidentified men of the Nigerian Military on Tuesday, 20th October 2020.
From news reports on the incident, many lives were lost in the attack while several others were injured during the melee that ensued.
The NBA strongly condemns this act of recklessness and lawlessness by the security apparatus of the Government in what, based on reports available to us, appears to have been a carefully calculated and premeditated attack.
The NBA states that even if the protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza were in breach of the curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government, such a misdemeanor or breach did not warrant the use of live ammunition by the Nigerian military to confront otherwise peaceful, unarmed and defenseless protesters. To be clear, the events of today are events that we should never see or consider as normal in any democracy.
Against the backdrop of this ugly development, the NBA wishes to state as follows:
The NBA believes that the current situation in the country calls for dynamic leadership and as critical stakeholders in the Nigerian project, invites the President of Nigeria and others in authority to show uncommon leadership in saving the situation, instead of deploying troops against defenseless citizens whom they swore an oath to protect.
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